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Congrats to our FastPitch Winners!

The first-ever Student FastPitch Competition required student entrepreneurs to develop a short presentation (approximately five minutes), in which they succinctly got their message across to potential "investors.” To enter, students had to submit an executive summary of their business idea. A panel of judges selected theparticipants, who then advanced to the semi-finals. Semi-finalists presented their FastPitch elevator presentations at the NACCE2013 Conference. This competition was generously supported by the John E. and Jeanne T. Hughes Foundation and Catawba Valley Community College, Hickory, NC.

The winner of NACCE’s 2013 Student FastPitch Competition is Michelle Bernard, of Catawba Valley Community College. She was awarded $1,000 for her FastPitch presentation on her business, Spellcast Farm, which she plans to become an integrated, sustainable farming model to convert plant materials.


Other NACCE Student FastPitch Competition contenders receiving awards include:

2nd Place, winning $600 - Sabrina Brooks, Catawba Valley Community College, for "A Peaceful Passage Transportation Service,” which offers reliable, economical transport services at the end of life.

3rd Place, winning $400 - Joyce Mallery, Dakota County Technical College, Rosemount, MN, for "DJ Bungee Thing-a-ma-Jigs,” which will manufacture reusable, eco-friendly shock cord fasteners.

4th Place, winning a $200 gift certificate - Paul Fuselier, Catawba Valley Community College, for his business, Truck Stop, which will be a full-service, destination truck stop for truck drivers in North Carolina. Augusoft, which donated the gift certificate, is an enrollment management software, and has been a long-time sponsor of NACCE’s annual conference.

Thanks to our judges who provided great feedback and coaching for all of the semi-finalists.

  • Mr. Paul Harrison – President, Harrison Consulting Associates
  • Mr. Jon Hennessy – Director, The John E. & Jeanne T. Hughes Foundation, Illinois
  • Mr. Matt Malone – Founder and Managing Partner, Succession Capital Partners, North Carolina
  • Ms. Fabi Preslar – President, Spark Publications, North Carolina
  • Mr. Dan Roselli – Co-Founder, Packard Place, North Carolina
  • Mr. David Washco – Founder, Washco Consulting - 2011 Edison Project Champion

Extra Special Thanks to FastPitch Founder, Gary Muller, Catawba Valley Community College, Business Department Head

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